RIAA Misfires, Grazes PCMag.com article points that the music industry has gone off the deep end. The RIAA and other music industry organizations have spent the better part of the decade fighting the digital transition, with only a shrinking business to show for. It’s time for these music execs to pull their collective heads out of the sand and fully acknowledge and accept all the ways their industry has changed.
The advent of digital media and analog/digital conversion technologies has vastly increased the concerns of copyright-dependent individuals and organizations, especially within the music and movie industries. The industry has tried digital restrictions management approach to enforce access policies everywhere, but not with great results.
The stupid CD copy protection experiment failed on music industry because “the costs of DRM do not measure up to the results”. The end result of this stupid experiment was money spent, angry customers and falling CD sales. The incentive to buy CDs dropped for me considerably when I found out that the CDs don’t play in all my devices and some CDs were even spreading malware. I learned that time that buying new CDs was not fun anymore, and I practically stopped buying new CDs…. Stupidity of many DRM systems has been also a reason why many on-line music shop experiments have failed and very few have succeeded well.
Nothing will stop technology’s inexorable march forward. Things will continue to change. Music downloads and sharing will never go away no matter how much the music industry hopes that. They have to start to live in this new environment (maybe new to them not them but now new to the consumers) or prepare to die slowly. People who have business models that depend on strong controls for everything — those are flawed models.